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07/26/2013

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Sarasota News Leader July 26, 2013 The reassignment was unopposed by City Auditor and Clerk Pam Nadalini. She was planning to get rid of Thornburg anyway. That matter rose to public attention when City Manager Tom Barwin suggested Thornburg "be put in [the] position of communications coordinator in my budget." Page 19 "As for the letter, the city attorney plans to address it in his reply," Nadalini said. THE RESPONSE "Pamela Nadalini has created a hostile work environment in which Ms. Thornburg has been required to work. Under Ms. Nadalini's management, Ms. Thornburg has been repeatedly undermined and harassed in what appears to be an attempt to push Ms. Thornburg out of the workplace," Wise's letter says. "I planned to cut the PIO position next year," said Nadalini. "Frankly the Clerk's Office paid that salary for quite some time. And based on the letter from the attorney, that individual [Thornburg] uses 95 percent of their time for the City Manager's Office. The clerk eliminat- City Attorney Bob Fournier responded on July ed a position years ago to create the PIO po- 23. He noted the City Commission approved sition because the city did not have one." the transfer of the public information officer The position is budgeted for $116,000, which to the City Manager's Office from the Office Nadalini wanted to retain in her spending plan of the City Auditor and Clerk as part of next fiscal year's budget. so she could hire a third auditor. (From left) John Nopper, Jan Thornburg and Miles Larsen celebrate awards they received in 2007 for their work to promote the city. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

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